Holden closing on comeback

Stuart Holden believes he will be ready to make a return to
competitive action with Bolton in the New Year.

The USA international has endured a wretched time with injuries,
with knee problems having restricted him to just one League Cup
outing in over 18 months.

Holden believes he has got to the bottom of a niggling ligament
complaint and is closing on a return to full match fitness.

He will not be rushing his way back into Bolton’s bid to secure
an immediate return to the Premier League, but is confident he will
come back into contention in early 2013.

“The first team is the main goal, I don’t want to play in the
reserves for the rest of the year,” Holden told Sky Sports.

“It’s more to get fitness and to get some game sharpness,
because when you have been out for a while you lose a little
bit.

“I have been doing all the work that I can, extra running, and
doing well in the training but nothing replicates being in a
match.

“We are probably looking in the New Year.

“I have been so hesitant to put a timescale on things because of
how the last 14 months have gone. There have been so many ups and
downs, when I think I’m there I’m not quite there and this time I
know that I am there but I want to make sure I don’t go back two
steps again. Slow and steady wins the race and I will be back to
full fitness before I know it.”

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